Kale is full of vitamins, minerals, and all that good stuff. It’s not shaped like a cookie, it doesn’t look or smell like a cookie. So how do you get your kids to eat it? First off, do your kids even need it? The answer is yes! Kale is full of iron and vitamin K which helps clot blood. This means good news for your youngster who scrapes their knees playing outside everyday. Iron helps wounds clot, heal, and scab faster. Faster healing and healthy eating makes for happy parents!
But back to business. How do you get your kids to eat it? Do we negotiate? Reward with dessert later? Disguise it? Maybe. But here are five ways to get your kids to eat that leafy green goodness.
1. Chop it up and put it in their scrambled eggs or omelets. Drizzle some ketchup on their eggs and they won’t even know it’s there. If they do notice the green flakes, just say it is sprinkles, or these eggs are special speckled dragon eggs. Be creative!
2. Put a few leaves in their salad. If you are lucky enough that your kids eat salad, then you probably don’t have to beg little Susie to eat the kale.
3. Make a smoothie or juice. This is the easiest, undetectable way to get your kids to eat kale. The fruit overpowers the taste of the vegetable. You can even double or triple up their veggie dose by adding carrots, or cucumbers to the smoothie. If the sugar in the fruit is a bit much then water the smoothie or juice down. Instantly healthy!
4. Make little sushi roll ups. Kids love lunch meat roll ups. Make some fancy sushi by wrapping the turkey or cheese around a piece of kale or vice versa. Add some dipping sauce and the kids won’t complain!
5. Use the kale while making chicken stock for soup. Throw in some chicken, celery, carrots, onions, and kale! Simmer it for a while until the vegetables you are keeping are tender, then remove the kale. The kids will never know it was in there, but the vitamins are there to stay!
Getting the kids to eat healthy doesn’t always have to be a battle. With these easy tips, the kids will be getting their vegetables without a fuss! Happy cooking!